Atlanta Chalk Artist Wins Professional Category for the Second Straight Year
Taking first place in the School Category was the Westover High School team. The top individual entry for amateur Community Artists was Amelia Curtis.
”We are entering the season when many people focus on gratitude, and we are thankful for the talented artists and musicians who participated, our partners, and the community who came out. And we are grateful to our generous sponsors who made it possible to offer ChalkFest with free admission.”
“None of this would have come together so beautifully without the support of our ChalkFest 2022 chairperson, the visionary Summer Cotten, an AMA Board Member, and, of course, our staff who contribute their time, energy, creativity, and good cheer to all they do day in, day out,” Wulf said.
Amateur participants were encouraged—but not required—to incorporate the Heroes theme. The Westover team’s piece was titled Westover Forever, and depicted the late Chadwick Boseman as his iconic Marvel movie character Black Panther, with wings and a halo. Amelia Curtis created an image of a mushroom in her piece.
Queen’s winning entry was a portrait of Mahsa Asini, an Iranian woman who died under suspicious circumstances in September after she was arrested by the Guidance Patrol, the religious morality police in Iran, for not wearing a hijab. Iranian officials contend she had a heart attack, but other reports based on witness accounts and leaked medical scans assert she died from injuries caused by police brutality. Her death sparked widespread protests that have been met with a violent crackdown by Iranian security forces.
Queen said she wanted to help tell Asini’s story and “uplift the voices of women who are suffering.”
“Art can address difficult subject matter and community concerns,” Wulf said. “Jessi Queen’s portrait of Ms. Asini epitomizes the strength of the image to convey nobly the courage of women everywhere who struggle against persecution. Queen’s work enriches our community through active art-making and the creative process while at the same time champions the emotional resilience of women today.”
“We had been on the 100 block of Pine Avenue since the beginning, so we were pleased that the move to the 200 block of South Front Street did not adversely affect the crowd,” Wulf said.
Wulf noted that while images can be made of the artworks that were created on the street on Saturday, photographs cannot capture the full essence of pieces that are created with the knowledge that they are temporary. There also is no substitute for watching an artist create a work of art from a blank canvas—in this case, street pavement—in the span of a few hours, he said.
Queen expressed the same sentiment. “It’s more about the experience than the actual piece itself,” she said. “I really enjoyed this event, and I hope to come back next year.”
Partners for AMA ChalkFest were Flint River Entertainment Complex, Albany Beverage Company, Beverage South – Albany, Pretoria Fields Brewery, AAA Concrete, WALB, The Albany Herald, Eddie’s Signs, Southwest Georgia Living, and Retro FM 102.1.
Wulf said planning for the fall 2023 AMA ChalkFest will begin soon.
- Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice is in The Haley Gallery, Sept 1-Dec 10, 2022. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support is provided by Art Bridges.
- Wayna: Her Dreams of Ethiopia, Works by Tracy Murrell is in the East Gallery, Sept 1, 2022- Jan 7, 2023.
- Georgia Artists Guild of Albany, 29th Juried Exhibition is in the McCormack Gallery, Sept 1, 2022-Jan 7, 2023.
- Escape Plan, Installation by Elinor Saragoussi is in the West Gallery.
- AMA ChalkFest, Nov 19, 2022, 10 am-5 pm, Front Street and Veterans Park Amphitheater. Admission is free. Get info HERE.
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